Saturday, July 01, 2006

Having a Slave in the USA.

She was forced to clean their home, take care of their five children, prepare food and do the laundry, for no pay.

An Egyptian former couple have pleaded guilty to enslaving a 10-year-old girl in their southern California home.

The girl, who was brought to the US from Egypt, was forced to work 16-hour days and was not allowed to leave the house during her 20-month ordeal.

Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim, 45, and his ex-wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd Motelib, 43, agreed to plead guilty to four federal charges.
They face jail terms of three years when they are sentenced in October.
The girl, whose name was not released, was brought to the US by the couple in August 2000 when she was 10.

She was forced to clean their home, take care of their five children, prepare food and do the laundry, for no pay. She lived in squalor in the garage and was told that if she left the house in Irvine, southern California, she might be arrested.
The girl was discovered by immigration officials in April 2002 after an anonymous tip-off.
Ibrahim and Motelib pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary servitude and harbouring an illegal alien.
The pair also admitted slapping the girl at least once to get her to work, said the plea agreement.
They now face three-year jail terms when they are sentenced on 23 October. They must also pay the girl, now 16, $101,516 (£56,000) in compensation and back pay.

After the hearing in Santa Ana, the judge called a recess after Motelib had difficulty admitting her crimes to the court, reported the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
"We did a mistake here in the United States of America because we didn't respect the law," she said through her translator. "At that time we were new here."
One of her daughters wept quietly as the hearing went on, the paper said.

The girl is now with foster parents and attending a public high school. She has received a green card granting her permanent residency.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Videos About the Zagazeeg Murder.

The web site
www.copts-united .com is showing 3 video clips related to the killing of the Copt Fouad Fawzy by a fanatic Moslem in Zagazeeg, Egypt.

One of the videos shows interviews with the victim’s brothers, family, and friends. They described Mr. Fawzy as a 40 years old person with a wife and two children, a girl and a boy who are 7 and 3 years old. He is described as a gentle and loving man who treated everyone with kindness and adored his little family. People cried with tears as they asked “Where is justice? Our brother was killed for no reason except that he is Christian”
More than one person asked in pained voice “ How will these small children be brought up and who is going to look after them now?”

Witnesses also said that during the funeral, and while they were carrying the coffin, they were attacked by the police and beaten severely, even though the funeral was a completely peaceful affair conducted while chanting Coptic hymns, and shouting slogans such as “ Our souls and blood are for the Cross” or “ We shall be victorious”.

A person who helped washing the body of the deceased said that there were multiple stab wounds, including a 7 cm one in the side, another one in the neck and a third in the abdomen.

The second video clip is an interview with the wife and children of the victim, with a background of the cries of pain coming from a large gathering of friends and family members.

The third video clip shows a meeting between Mr. Fawzi’s family and other relatives and the area’s representatives at the Peopl’s Assembly (The Egyptian House of Representatives) The Officials tried to calm the family by talking about finding a job for the widow of the deceased, but the anger, extreme sadness and shock of the family were overwhelming and the emotions were so very tense with most of them shouting for justice and punishment of the killer as soon as possible.
The three video clips give a full picture of the situation in Zagazeeg following this shocking stabbing. They are conducted in Arabic.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Fanatic Kills a Copt in Zagazeeg.

The web site copts-united .com and the Egyptian Association for Human Rights (whose president is Dr. Naguib Gobrail), have announced that a Copt with the name of Fouad Fawzy has been stabbed to death in his shop by a fanatic Moslem on Monday, 26 of June.

The crime happened in the Egyptian city of Zagazeeg, north of Cairo. According to the statements, the killer does not know his victim personally, and the killing happened for the sole reason that Mr. Fawzy is a Copt.

Few details are known so far, but it seems that the assassin entered Fawzy’s shop pretending to be a customer. Once he was inside, he started screaming “Kafer…Kafer” meaning “Unbeliever in Islam” and attacked the victim with a knife causing him severe and fatal wounds. The killer left the shop murmuring Islamic verses.

Both Copts-United and the Egyptian Association of Human Rights have appealed to the Egyptian authorities and security forces to secure speedy justice in this yet another horrific crime against the Copts. They stressed that this crime can be well related to the deeply harmful effects of the fanatic Islamic statements and sermons given in the Egyptian Media and mosques all over Egypt.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

New Tomb in Valley of the Kings.

The first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt for more than 80 years was opened to journalists and researchers as archaeologists cracked the last of seven sarcophagi to reveal embalming materials and jewellery.
“This is better than finding a mummy, it’s a treasure,” Nadia Lokma, the chief curator, said as the sarcophagi — filled with fragile remains that would crumble if touched — were opened. The tomb is thought to be more than 3,000 years old.

Monday, June 26, 2006

More Muslims Believe Arabs Did Not Carry Out US Attacks.

A major new survey explored the opinions of Muslims regarding different topics. The survey was carried out in 13 countries from the beginning of April until mid-May, Here are some of the views...

The survey and analysis, which were released onThursday, found that positive views held by Muslims of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and terror tactics associated with him have declined over the past year, quite substantially in Pakistan and Jordan, where suicide attacks killed more than 50 people in Amman hotels over the last year.
At the same time, the percentage of Muslims who believe that Arabs did not carry out the Sep. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon has increased. Majorities in Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and among the Muslim community in Britain doubt that Arabs had any role.

More than 60 percent of Indonesians and Jordanians said they had favourable views of Christians, followed by 48 percent of Egyptians. But only about one in four Pakistanis described their views as favourable, while only about one in seven Turks agreed.
By contrast, Muslims living in Europe were much more positive about Christians, one of a number of indications in the survey that European Muslims are not only considerably less alienated from the societies in which they reside than many recent analyses have suggested, but also that they could act as a moderating force in the Muslim-Western divide.

Of all Muslim populations surveyed, French Muslims were by far the most positive toward Jews -- 71 percent said they had favourable opinions, roughly twice the percentage of Muslims in Britain, Germany and Spain.
Elsewhere in the Muslim world, views of Jews were far more negative: in Indonesia, 17 percent of respondents said they had favourable opinions; in Turkey, 15 percent; in Pakistan six percent; and in the two Arab countries countries surveyed, Egypt and Jordan, only two and one percent, respectively.

As to relations between Muslims and Westerners, majorities in 10 out of 12 countries described them as "generally bad". In Europe, the most negative views were found in Germany (70 percent said "generally bad") and France (66 percent). Fifty-five percent of U.S. respondents described it the same way.

Turkey was the most negative of the predominantly Muslim nations, with nearly two-thirds opting for "generally bad" -- although 77 percent of Nigerian Muslims made the same assessment -- followed by Egypt (58 percent), Jordan (54 percent), and Indonesia (53 percent). Pakistan, where a slight plurality said that relations were "generally good", was the only exception.

The Pew analysis concluded that Muslims hold "an aggrieved view of the West -- they are much more likely than Americans or Western Europeans to blame Western policies for their own lack of prosperity. For their part Western publics instead point to government corruption, lack of education and Islamic fundamentalism as the biggest obstacles to Muslim prosperity."

The religious divide was found to be surprisingly sharp in Nigeria, where, for example, nearly three out of four Muslims and Christians ascribed negative traits to the other groups. Nigerian Muslims also constituted a "conspicuous exception" to the trend toward declining confidence in bin Laden in the Muslim world.

More than six in 10 Nigerian Muslims said they have at least some confidence in the al Qaeda leader, up from 44 percent in 2003. In addition, nearly half of Nigeria's Muslims said that suicide bombings could be justified often or sometimes in the defence of Islam.